I love the Coen Brothers, and even consider their weaker films (like Intolerable Cruelty) to be better than most other artist's best work. HAIL, CAESAR definitely does not succeed where the other films have. The Hollywood settings and vintage backdrop are fantastic, as is the cast. The script however is all over the place. The film can't decide whether it's focusing on the Clooney kidnapping or Josh Brolin trying to manage a major motion picture studio (which is really what…
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Before LIFE OF PI there was THE BLACK STALLION. Ok so the similarities are pretty much limited to a boy and an animal stranded together after the ship they're on sinks, but I'm running with that line anyway.
Carroll Ballard's THE BLACK STALLION, based on the novel by Walter Farley and produced by Francis Ford Coppola (who was off making APOCALYPSE NOW when this film was being made) has a spot in my early film development. When I was in…